Resurrection (復活 Fukkatsu) is a special power used by several characters in the Dragon Ball franchise.
It is the act of bringing someone back to life. In some cases, however, the act of bringing someone back to life will result in the person who did the act dying.
Old Kai revives Goku by transferring his remaining life force to the deceased Goku and it is mentioned that Shin also possess this ability as he originally intending on using it to revive Goku but Old Kai offered to do it instead as Shin was still young (and was also life-linked to Beerus).
In Dragon Ball Super, under the direction of Beerus, Whis makes a wish to Super Shenron to restore the Earth of Universe 6 along with its inhabitants allowing his brother Champa to partake in the planet's food. Whis, via his Angel Attendant's Staff, is also capable of granting life energy at the behest of Beerus, which can regenerate and resurrect the target as shown when Whis resurrected Frieza as a gift from Beerus for helping in the Tournament of Power. However, as Marcarita stated in the manga, the Angels' resurrection powers are limited to reviving people who weren't killed by demons, which is why Marcarita couldn't revive Gicchin as Gicchin was killed by a demon.
The Grand Minister is capable of reviving people, even those who have been eradicated from existence. However the ability had some limitations, if an angel were to break its laws. The angel would have to be revived as a mortal and lose its angel abilities.
List of Revived Characters
- All those killed by King Piccolo and his sons (notable mentions: Krillin, Chiaotzu, Giran, Nam, King Chappa, Bacterian, Man-Wolf; Master Roshi was also revived as his death was caused by his failed attempt to seal King Piccolo, thus King Piccolo contributed to his death)
- All those killed by Frieza and his men on Namek (notable mentions: Grand Elder Guru, Moori, Dende, Cargo, Vegeta)
- Tien Shinhan
- All those killed by Cell (notable mentions: Future Trunks & Android 17; King Kai, Bubbles, Gregory, and Goku were not included, though King Kai was revived in Dragon Ball Z Kai however he remains dead in Dragon Ball Super)
- All those who died since the day of the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament (notable mentions: Kibito), except the evil ones (notable mentions: Bulma, Gohan, Goten, Trunks, Old Kai)
- Videl (revived with the rest of the Earth's population; revived by Fu during Vegito's battle with Super Buu in the Infinite History Saga of Xenoverse 2)
- However this is contradicted as several evil individuals and criminals are shown to have been revived as well (notable mentions: Pilaf Gang, Frog Ginyu, Duo of Robbers, Barry Kahn, and Pit Bull Pete).
- Inhabitants of Earth of Universe 6
- All those killed during the Super 17 Saga and Shadow Dragon Saga
- Android 17
- Android 8
- Rasin and Lakasei
- Lord Slug
- Dr. Lychee
- All those killed by Ghost Frieza (notable mentions: Bunbuku Island Inhabitants, Mr. Satan)
- Future Gohan
- Kid Buu
- Syn Shenron
- Haze Shenron
- Eis Shenron
- Nuova Shenron
- Rage Shenron
- Oceanus Shenron
- Naturon Shenron
- Metal Cooler
- Universe 2
- Universe 3
- Universe 4
- Universe 6
- Universe 9
- Universe 10
- Universe 11
Video Game Appearances
In Cell's story mode in Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2, Babidi revives Frieza in order to get an opponent who would be capable of fighting Cell equally. Frieza's revival is only temporary and when Babidi runs out of energy, Frieza is sent back to Other World. In Gohan's story in the same game, Piccolo is turned into a Majin and uses his power to revive Frieza and Cell to help him defeat Gohan and Vegeta.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Towa and Mira alter history so that Pilaf's gang do not use up the second wish when Frieza is revived in Age 779 allowing Metal Cooler to be revived along with his brother, enabling him to join in his brother's revenge against Goku.
- In most cases resurrection tends to restore a person to life with their injuries healed. However old battle scars will remain, Saiyan Tails will not be restored if cut off previously, cybernetic modifications remain, blindness cured by Mend Beam remains cured, and members of the Frieza Race will the ability to function despite horrific injuries will be revived in the same state as they were before death (such as Mecha Frieza being revived in pieces) as such injuries are not lethal to them (though Shenron initially rejected Sorbet's wish as he could not restore Mecha Frieza's whole body just its pieces however Sorbet decided that was acceptable as they had more advanced Medical Machines to heal Frieza's body completely).
- The Eternal Dragons (Shenron, Ultimate Shenron, and Porunga) ability to resurrect others may seem odd given that their creators are unable to do the same, though it should be noted that only their creator or another Dragon Clansman can resurrect them if they are killed (except in cases of their creators' death which causes the Dragon to be revived with their creator if their resurrected) thus it technically within their power to resurrect something which presumably allows the Dragon to resurrect others save for themselves and the Dragon Clansman that created or becomes tied to their specific set of Dragon Balls.
- Dende and Moori were also able to effect Shenron and Porunga's ability to resurrect, with Dende increasing the number of wishes to three though if one wish involved a mass revival only two wishes could be made, while Moori increased Porunga's power so he could revive multiple people without effecting the number of wishes. However both Dragons remained unable to revive those that died of natural causes (a limitation designed to prevent the natural order of life and death from being upset too much).
- A Supreme Kai can resurrect others through Life Transfuion as noted by both Shin and Old Kai. However doing so can be dangerous as it could result in the death of not only the Supreme Kai but also their Universe's God of Destruction due to Life Link. However Old Kai was able to circumvent this as he was not linked to Beerus as he had been sealed in the Z Sword.
- Interestingly, Old Kai's revival had no effect on Goku who remained alive. This implies that Life Transfusion cannot be undone by resurrecting the Supreme Kai that died as a result of the Transfusion.
- The revival of the Pilaf Gang, Frog Ginyu, Duo of Robbers, Barry Kahn, and Pit Bull Pete after they had been killed as a result of Majin Buu's rampage and the Earth's destruction seems to contradict the instructions to not revive the really evil ones. However presumably they were not considered evil enough at the time to count thus were revived.
- The Cell Jr. are also shown to be alive during the Universe Survival Saga in the manga, though it is unclear if they were resurrected as they are strong enough to be able to dodge Super Buu's Human Extinction Attack along with being able to regenerate and survive in space due to their Namekian and Frieza Race cells thus could have also survived Kid Buu's Planet Burst as well. If they were killed, they presumably revived due to lacking the evil nature of their parent Cell as they have been tamed by Android 17 and defend Monster Island from intruders.
- Whis' resurrection of Frieza suggests Angel Attendant's can resurrect others though apparently they can only do so if their God of Destruction orders them to as Whis only did so under Beerus' orders. However given that Gods of Destruction exist to destroy it is apparently very rare for them to do so with Beerus only doing so due to Goku's promise that Frieza would be revived if Team Universe 7 won the Tournament of Power and Frieza fulfilling his end of the bargain by working together with his hated enemies to win the tournament.
- Akira Toriyama - The World "Anime Special", 1990
- Dragon Ball episode 78, The Eternal Dragon Rises
- Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure, 1988
- Dragon Ball Z episode 283, Earth Reborn
- Dragon Ball episode 128, Eternal Dragon Resurrected
- Dragon Ball Z episode 21, Counting Down
- Dragon Ball Z episode 266, The Old Kai's Weapon
- Dragon Ball Online, 2010
- Dragon Ball Z episode 76, Piccolo's Return
- Dragon Ball Super episode 27, The Earth Explodes?! A Decisive Kamehameha!
- Dragon Ball Z episode 100, Gohan Returns
- Dragon Ball Z episode 107, Goku's Alive!!
- Dragon Ball GT episode 64, Until We Meet Again
- Dragon Ball Z episode 192, Goku's Decision
- Dragon Ball Z episode 240, Revival
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, 2016
- Come Forth, Divine Dragon! And Grant My Wish, Peas and Carrots!
- Dragon Ball: The Path to Power
- Dragon Ball Z: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans
- Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, 2006
- Demon God Demigra Saga, Dragon Ball Xenoverse, 2015
- Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, 2015
- Dragon Ball Super episode 131, "A Miraculous Conclusion! Farewell Goku! Until We Meet Again!"
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2
- Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road, 2007
- Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission
- Dark Demon Realm Saga; Dragon Ball Heroes, 2015